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A Salute to

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National Business Women's Week

Highlights of 2016


Michelle Denchel, Desert Valley Powersports........... 2 Sue and Syliva Newhouse,

Bic Hall, Granger School District............................ 2 Laura Vazquez, L Stop and Go............................ 3 Jacqueline Lyczewski, Healing Soles.................. 4

(SN)2 Certified Public Accountant LLC........................ 4

Dorris Kresse, US Bank...................................... 5 SallieJo Evers, Sunnyside School District................ 8 Larelle Michener, Prosser Chamber of Commerce.... 9


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Michelle Denchel, Desert Valley Powersports

Business owner finds haven in her work by Jennie McGhan

PROSSER — A local business owner wasn’t supposed to get involved in the motorcycle dealership she and her husband purchased in 1992. Michelle Denchel was going to support her husband, Dan, and her children from home, but found working at what was then Sunnyside Honda became a lifeline during tumultuous times. “That first year was really hard,” a tearful Denchel said as she thought back to a time when her family suffered several personal heartaches and the business was robbed multiple times. The family and the business made it beyond that first year and in 2006 it moved to its current site at 325 Merlot Drive in Prosser. The name of the business was changed to Desert Valley Powersports. “The motorcycle business seemed like a natural transition,” Denchel said, recounting how she and her husband decided to purchase the dealership all those years ago. Dan worked at a car dealership next door to the former location and the couple owned a grape farm. “We traded the grape farm for the motorcycle shop,” Denchel said. They grew up watching their parents, who were business owners, and believed becoming business owners themselves made sense. “I remember going through invoices on the living room floor when I was a little girl,” Denchel said of the years her mother owned

Getting through the hard times makes the good times more valuable. — Michelle Denchel Foxy Fashions in Sunnyside. Her father also owned Mid Valley Pipe. Dan’s father was a car dealer, she said. As children, the two rode dirt bikes, “… but we weren’t avid riders,” Denchel said. She said her husband believed selling motorcycles, bringing back that part of his youth, would be natural since he was an experienced car salesman. “I think he visited Sunnyside Honda regularly and probably admired the motorcycles there,” Denchel said. She joined her husband so she would have an outlet and a distraction from a family tragedy. “It was really hard, but finding a purpose in the business helped,” Denchel said. Once she began working at the motorcycle shop, she found it was a challenge “… I wanted to take on.” Denchel said she has learned throughout the years. “Getting through the hard times makes the good times more valuable,” she said. “The business has drawn our family together, and we Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun News have a closeness not all families Michelle Denchel, owner of Desert Valley Powersports, straightens life jackets in the water sports have.” section of the dealership.

Bic Hall, Granger School District

Business manager remembers her roots by John Fannin

GRANGER — The School District’s business manager knew from a young age she wanted to be a business professional. Bic Hall just didn’t know she’d have to flee her home country to achieve it. She wanted to be a pharmacist before a 20-year career working for three Yakima Valley school districts — including Naches and Toppenish — and a stint working for Yakima County, Hall, 62, was a pharmacy student in Saigon when she and her five sisters fled the country just one week before it fell to North Vietnam in April 1975. One of her sisters worked at the airport for the U.S. government. That opened the door for them to flee the country in a cargo plane. “We had to keep it a secret, hush hush,” she said. They left behind her parents and a brother. “They wouldn’t go because my brother was away from home,” Hall said. “There was no telephone, no way to tell him we were leaving.”

It was hard, mixed feelings. We were excited, but sad to be leaving our family, our home. We were so sad. — Bic Hall Despite pledges by the U.S. that families would be reconciled shortly, it took 14 years for her brother and mother to reach this country. Her father was not part of the reunion, as he died in 1982. “It was hard, mixed feelings,” she said of leaving. “We were excited, but sad to be leaving our family, our home. We were so sad.” The sisters settled in the Lower Yakima Valley. “Three days later after we arrived I was cutting asparagus,” Hall said. “It was hard, too physical. I knew it wasn’t the work for me.” Managing the business of education, however, has suited her just fine. “It’s opened my eyes,” Hall said.

“You see how it is funded and you see how it is spent.” These have especially been heady times for the School District. It’s undertaking major additions at both the high school and elementary school. Hall said the projects required partners to work together. “We had to consult with the community,” she said of voter-approved bonds needed for construction. “We had to consult with the contractor.” After a background of sudden twists and turns, escape and reunion, Hall enjoys the steady planning and preparation that goes into the school district’s work. “I feel like this is a benefit to the public,” she said of school construction. “It’s a good plan.”

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Laura Vazquez, L Stop and Go

Love of cooking leads to opening a burger stand by Julia Hart

MABTON — Some people just like to cook. Laura Vazquez is one of those people. She owns L Stop and Go at the corner of South Main Street and South Street. And, people love her cooking. Her little burger stand is a going concern in the small community. While it can be a struggle, it’s a life Vazquez is loving. “I love this spot, too,” she said. The 47-year-old businesswoman got her start in Mabton with a coffee stand. She soon found herself adding homemade burritos to the menu and eventually hamburgers. Three years ago, the Mabton native took a leap of faith and opened L Stop and Go. “I have a lot of customers for my burritos and hamburgers,” she said. It didn’t hurt that Vazquez also loves to bake. Her coffee stand menu also includes her favorite homemade pastries. She dreams of adding a proper oven to the restaurant’s kitchen in order to indulge her baking passions. “I created a five-year business plan, but I knew it was going to be hard to keep it going in a small community,” she said. “We are the only restaurant in town, so that helps. It’s a great location and it’s always been a burger place.” The original building was built in the 1940s and known as Marge’s. Then in the late 70s through the early 90s. the building was home to Barb’s Burgers. More recently it was known as Mamma J’s. “I love this spot. I can see all of the road, and all of the construction going on around here,” she said. Vasquez said most of the construction workers currently installing the city’s new water system eat at least once or twice a week at the Stop and Go. Diners can still see where the original fast food stand was sited. Sometime in the 80s, a dining

room area was added. “I hope to add more indoor dining in the future,” she said. Meanwhile, Vazquez is busy keeping up with the demands of her growing clientele. Although she is noted for her burgers, her morning can be pretty busy with local customers. As soon as the lights go on in the morning, area truckers and farmers show up for Vazquez’s fresh coffee and breakfast. “We don’t dare be late opening,” she said. “They’re waiting in line some mornings.” She said the farmers’ favorite breakfast includes her biscuit and gravy and her handmade breakfast burritos. Like many future chefs, her first cooking lessons were provided by her mother. “She taught me how to make pancakes,” Vazquez said. She recalls her mother saying “Sissy, you got to know how to cook.” But it wasn’t until much later she learned to love cooking on a grill. Once she mastered the grill she set about developing her now signature hamburgers. “There is nothing typical about my burgers,” she said.

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Each one is hand pressed using the freshest meat, she said. “I have a local butcher from the Mercadito who prepared all of my meat,” she said. Her desire to serve fresh food expends beyond the burger to her salads and other menu items. “I even make my own sauces,” she said. “We do a lot of home style cooking here,” she said. Vazquez credits Tim Jessup of Mabton Mini-Market with teaching her how to operate a business. “He always told me to keep the windows and the bathroom clean, ­That means something to customers, he told me,” she said. Vazquez and her husband, Albert, also now helps out in the kitchen. “It helps to share the cooking duties,” she said. When not working the grill six days a week, she also takes catering jobs. “We may not be making a lot of money, but we are doing the best we can. And we like having people leave here with a full belly,” she said. Julia Hart/Daily Sun News “Besides, what is wrong with Laura Vazquez is happy to be in the kitchen at her burger place, making new friends. Plus, we get L Stop and Go. She said the Mabton corner location is busy and to flip burgers,” Vazquez said. attracts a lot of customers seeking her signature “Viking Burger.”

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Jacqueline Lyczewski, Healing Soles

Checking clients’ health through their feet by Julia Hart

SUNNYSIDE — In her world, treating sore feet is more than just giving a good foot massage. When Jacqueline Lyczewski begins to manipulate the muscles in the bottoms of her clients’ feet, she can tell a bit about their general health. Lyczewski became a state and national board certified licensed reflexologist in 2013. She discovered a passion for the discipline after years of researching holistic healing methods. A former dancer, Lyczewski knows a thing or two about achy feet. “People suffer a lot of pain in their feet, but many times, the pain is actually radiating from other parts of the body,” she said. Since 2007, she has been helping her clients, enhance their overall circulation, as well as stimulating their immune and nervous systems through the application of reflexology. Those are just few of the benefits, she said. “People have also experienced a reduction in stress as well as a revitalization of energy through the use of reflexology,” Lyczewski said. “The massage-style treatment can also be applied to hands and ears,” she said. The Sunnyside woman is the owner of Healing Soles, 508 Yakima Valley Hwy. “I’m located inside the natural food store, which is a perfect arrangement,” she said. Reflexology, which is the manipulation of the muscles in the feet using specific pressure points, gives relief to a wide variety of physical ailments, she said. The massage is used to correlate to the body’s entire systems. For example, the balls of the feet relate to issues in the lungs, the inside edges of a foot mirror the spine. The heel reflects the health of the lower back, hip, knee, ankle and foot, according to her foot reflexology chart.

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Jacqueline Lyczewski begins to manipulate the muscles in the bottoms of a client’s feet. should be seeing,” Lyczewski said. The healing touch helps with stress, and she said and some of her clients have commented that their treatments also help with reducing pain and helped them mentally, she said. Lyczewski points to a number of studies which have concluded that reflexology is a valuable complement to mainstream healthcare.

Lyczewski said she has searched for non-invasive methods of healing since the 70s. “I’ve tried many homeopathic methods, including yoga, massage, use of herbs. But I couldn’t find any one method that suited all — Jacqueline Lyczewski of my needs,” she said. That is until she was introduced to reflexology therapy. friends and family who were not “Many of my clients have come She said she was drawn to the responding to Western means of to me because they were not gethealing methods as a way to help healing. ting the results they felt they

People suffer a lot of pain in their feet, but many times, the pain is actually radiating from other parts of the body.

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SUNNYSIDE — Two local business partners enjoy being their own boss. Sue and Syliva Newhouse, they married cousins formed (SN)2 Certified Public Accountant LLC in September. Together they have 70 years of accounting experience. Sue Newhouse, 60, has owned her own business for the past 16 years. She previously operated the former Sattler and Associates, LLC accounting firm with Sharon Sheppard. “I like it,” Newhouse said of owning a business. “It is a lot more responsibility, but it’s more satisfying.” When Sheppard retired, Newhouse and Sylvia Newhouse decided to team up and form the new firm. Sylvia Newhouse, 49, previously worked for Bleyhl. Being a business owner is a new venture for her. “It’s different, going from private to public accounting,” she said. “But it’s really nice when you work really hard and put in those long hours… and know that you’re doing it for your own business.”

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She brings 40 years of experience as a certified public accountant, while Sylvia Newhouse has 30 years of bookkeeping experience. The industry, especially in terms of the tax code is a new world compared to 40 years ago, Sue Newhouse said. “When I started we didn’t use computers. You had to use a general ledger system,” she said. The advent of computers and

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Dorris Kresse, US Bank

From teller to bank manager by Julia Hart

SUNNYSIDE – Her career in banking began in the early 90s as a bank teller. Today, Dorris Kresse is the first female manager of the local US Bank branch. “But I’m not the only female branch manager in town,” she is quick to say. Yakima Federal Savings and Loans, Banner Bank and Lower Valley Credit Union, all have female branch managers. Still Kresse has been at the job the longest. She took over the manager position in 2003, after returning to the banking world in 2002. Then retiring bank manager John Urness referred her for the job “…and I’ve been here ever since,” Kresse said. The bank world has continued to change over the years, she said. Kresse’s time away from banking was spent as office administrator As a teller, she dealt mainly with checking and savings deposits. When she came back to banking, she was a personal banker helping clients with opening accounts, lines of credit and other banking products. The banking technology is very different from what it was in the 90s, and so is the training, she said “It used to be that a prospective teller would come in for a half day of meeting with our human resource officer and training. Then the new employee would start work on the counter the next day,” Kresse said. Today, the teller training is not a “sink or swim” position. Kresse said the training involves a lot of online work as well as hands-on work. “It usually takes two weeks of training before the new teller is allowed to work on their own, she said. “Even then the teller has a buddy. “We have a lot more to teach the tellers, things like watching for identifying possible fraud situations. “When I started we didn’t have to know that kind of thing,” she said. “Now we are on the lookout for at-risk situations in accounts, especially those of our older clients. They seem to be most at risk for fraud.” In addition, potential new employees must undergo a background check and be finger printed. All of the employee prep work is valuable and the training never ends, Kresse said.

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Dorris Kresse is marking her 13th year as the Sunnyside branch manager of US Bank. There are always new products to learn about keeping up with new systems. “I’m always learning something new about banking,” she said. Kresse is active in the community as a board member of Nuestra Casa and Heartlinks Hospice and Palliative Care, on which she serves as the board treasurer. She also enjoys teaching financial planning to area high school students and hosting training for senior citizens regarding financial

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Women work hard for their money Like a lot of women, I’ve been working my whole life. My employment history ranges from ironing for book money to being the director of a domestic violence shelter. But I’m not unusual. In fact, there are many women in our community who have worked an assortment of jobs to get to where they are today. They are the small business owners you read about when the U.S. Department of Labor starts rattling off numbers. Women make up a nearly half of the Main Street storefronts. Some these entrepreneurs sell clothes and beauty services. Some are public accountants, insurance agents, realtors and restaurant owners. Others are self-employed with cottage industry and other run million-dollar processing plants. Many have taken on the challenge of becoming their own boss, Others are managers and business owners of unique products. I started working when I was about 12. My first job involved ironing my aunt’s mountain of clothes. I can truthfully say I do enjoy ironing, but I’d never do that again for a living. I’ve even been a Mary Kay consultant, although that is hard to believe for most people. I didn’t do well at that particular endeavor, even with good mentorship. Through the long lists of odd jobs and career choices I have learned to respect other women who have taken on myriad of tasks to care for their families. I’ve learned to be careful with things entrusted to me. I’ve tutored children afterschool which is when I discovered caring for children was not my forte. My high school counselor helped me find my next job – one I had until I was 17. She set me up cleaning house once a week for a local business wife, who needed a “girl to do the heavy work.” I learned how to chase dusty

Crone’s View Julia Hart bunnies under the beds, clean toilets and how to properly make a bed. She was a lovely lady and I appreciated her kindness and the care shown me as I muddled through my tasks. I was really proud the day she felt comfortable enough to leave me on my own to do my assigned duties. One of my favorite jobs, oddly enough, was working as a waitress in a Kent Chinese restaurant for a guy named Louis. He tried to teach me how to cook on a grill because he wouldn’t cook a hamburger for me. I soon learned to like Chinese food. While there I also learned to drive, how to save my money and eventually I gained confidence to work with customers. Working for Louis is when I first started paying into the Social Security system and I filed my first income tax report. I’ve paid into the social security system ever since and paid taxes as well. While still in high school, I worked as a nurse’s aide at a nursing home, in addition to being a waitress and a circulation clerk at the hometown newspaper - all before I graduated from high school.

After college, I worked a few warehouse jobs, sorting asparagus, potatoes, cherries and apples. Then I landed a job at the local weekly newspaper in my 20s and except for 10 years, I’ve written about people and happenings in this community. But I’ve also worked as a freelance writer and photographer. I had my own photo studio for a time, worked as a classroom teacher, a paraprofessional and as the executive director for the local domestic violence crisis center and women’s shelter. It was the only job where I ever broke the $30,000 a year salary mark and that was at a non-profit. None of these experiences make me special. I was just doing what all women do – I was trying to provide for my little family. Trying to put food on the table, clothes on my children’s backs, keep them in school ­all at 79 cents on the dollar of what my male co-workers were making. The standard reply to women was and still is, at times, that men are trying to provide for their families so they needed more money per hour. I guess employers thought women are just better at stretching the 79 cents than men are. We are and we do. Did and do, because we have to. I’ve raised two daughters as a single mother. Both graduated from high school, both attended college, both are fine hard working women who are dedicated to whatever task they undertake. So there is that. I’m not saying that women should make more an hour than men, but it’d be nice to at least get 95 cents on a $1 once in a while. So, working women of the Lower Yakima Valley, I salute you for your hard work, dedication, sacrifices and determination to make the world a better place for your Julia Hart families. Staring out in journalism at Yakima Valley College, Julia Hart has You go, ladies. worked in community newspapers since 1975.

Can healthy habits contribute to financial security? StatePoint

When it comes to feelings about finances, working Americans are practically split down the middle, according to a recent study. Fifty-five percent of employed Americans feel they are on the right track to achieving financial well-being, while the other 45 percent feel they are not headed in the right direction, according to the 2016 Lincoln Financial Group Measuring Optimism, Outlook and Direction (M.O.O.D.) of America study. So what are those individuals on the right track doing so well? The study found five key factors -- behaviors and influencers -- in their lives that correlate to posi-

tive feelings about money. “Right trackers” differ from their counterparts who are not on the right track because: • They are more likely to have created formal financial plans -more than 70 percent of them, in fact. • They are forward-looking in general, with nearly 100 percent saying they are focused on the future. Also, 90 percent of those in the “right track” camp say they feel in control of their lives. • They exercise more. Those with positive feelings about money tend to be active. About 80 percent of this group exercises at least once a week, and typically more often. Compare that with those who are not on the

Ways international trade affects your household Statepoint

From the price of household goods to the quantity and quality of jobs available, international trade impacts your daily life in more ways than you may realize. Supporters of new trade agreements say they include important and unexpected measures that do everything from preserving the environment to supporting high tech innovation. Take a look at five ways the global marketplace affects you and your family. Jobs: U.S. businesses your family relies on for everyday household items often sell their products to customers abroad as well. This global market means expanded operations here at home — U.S. exports supported 11.7 million American jobs in 2014, according to the Department of Commerce. New trade agreements will lead to more American made exports and U.S. higher-paying jobs. High-tech advancement: International trade raises the incentive to innovate. It gives exporters and importers exposure to new ideas, tools and materials that make them more productive and lead to new goods for consumers. It also spreads new technology faster, raising technology standards in countries all around the world. Some of the top U.S. exports include aerospace products, automobiles and semiconductor chips, used in everything from smart phones to



health devices. High-quality, affordable choices at home: Products from abroad often mean more affordable choices for American families. The Business Roundtable estimates that trade policies save an average American family of four about $10,000 per year. What’s more, 60 percent of U.S. product imports in 2014 were inputs and components that were then used by American producers, also according to Business Roundtable. Lower costs for components keeps U.S. manufacturing competitive in international markets. Keeping American businesses strong: The most recent trade deal signed by the U.S. and 11 other countries called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement would eliminate more than 18,000 taxes and other trade barriers that various countries put on U.S. goods and services, according to the United States Trade Representative. Without these taxes holding them back, many experts believe that U.S. farmers, ranchers and manufacturers are better able to compete. Preserving the environment: TPP also includes measures that protect oceans and combat wildlife trafficking and illegal logging. If reducing your household’s environmental impact is a priority for your family, upcoming trade agreements are a step in the right direction.




right track -- just 60 percent of that segment works out on a consistent basis. Physical health can correlate to financial health. • They’re more likely to feel good about themselves. Financial health and emotional health go hand-in-hand, too. Those on the right track are more likely than their counterparts to say they are optimistic because they feel good about themselves and their relationships with family and friends. They’re also positive about their careers and their relationships with coworkers. • They take advantage of workplace benefits. Indeed, the more benefits you enroll in through the workplace, the better you will feel financially, suggests the study.

Beyond health insurance and retirement savings, “right-trackers” are enrolling in insurance plans to cover dental and vision care, as well as life insurance and disability insurance (which can help replace a portion of your paycheck while you recover from an injury or illness). They’re also taking advantage of other nonmedical benefits that can help boost financial security, such as accident insurance and critical illness insurance, which can help cover expenses that medical insurance does not, like high deductibles, or day-to-day expenses such as food or mortgage payments. The future is unknown, but certain insurance coverages of-

fered at work can help safeguard you against a broad scope of unexpected expenses, and can help you feel and be more financially secure. This is something to think about during annual open enrollment for medical insurance and beyond. For more insights and tips to help you take control of your financial future, follow Lincoln Financial Group on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Feeling good about your finances is about the big picture, not just your bank account. From a healthy lifestyle to a positive attitude, taking a cue from those who are on the “right track” may help you get your footing on the path to financial well-being.

Tips to overcome personal struggles and achieve goals Statepoint

When faced with tough challenges, it can be tempting to throw in the towel. But experts say the power of goal-setting is fierce and the discipline behind it can help anyone overcome obstacles. “Failure has the power to break you or it has the power to push you forward,” says Scout Bassett, a U.S. Paralympian in track and field. “Use your experiences as an opportunity to reevaluate your goals and move forward from there.” Having lost a leg early in her life in China, Bassett spent her early childhood in an orphanage before being adopted by an American family. She came to the United States at the age of seven just wanting to fit in. As a child she discovered a love of running and set off on a path to qualify for the Paralympic Games. In her first attempt in 2012, she came in dead last and did not qualify for the team. She briefly considered giving up her dream. This year, she is relishing the progress she has made. As a member of Team USA who competed in Rio, she’s showing off her skills on a global stage and participating in Citi’s “#StandForProgress” program to inspire all Americans to think about the progress they want to achieve in their lives. Bassett offers the following in-

Failure has the power to break you or it has the power to push you forward. — Scout Bassett, U.S. Paralympian in track and field

sights into goal-setting. • “Progress” doesn’t always come in the form of a medal or an award. Sometimes progress means you have to take a few steps back, go back to the drawing board, see what worked and what didn’t, and find a way forward from there. Most of us experience setbacks, disappointments and even failures sometimes, but ultimately those moments can be the greatest motivators. • The biggest struggles you face may not be the ones handed to you by fate or outside forces. They may be the battles you fight within. Look past your own inner voice discouraging you from your hopes and dreams. Developing mental fortitude is a continuous process. • You can’t change the past but you can help write the future. Embrace and focus on what you have gained, not what you have lost. • Don’t let naysayers hinder your progress or cause you to lose faith in yourself. The beauty of being underestimated is you have an opportunity to defy the odds. Use pessimism to motivate you.

• No one can do it alone, so don’t be afraid to rely on the help of others. Even at times when you don’t believe in yourself, there may be others who do. Citi’s Stand for Progress program explores how all of us define progress, set goals, overcome obstacles and support and inspire others to do the same. Americans can share how they stand for progress by using #StandForProgress and posting their own goals on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Whether it’s eating healthier, saving money for a house, or spending more time with loved ones, it helps to clarify your goals by writing them down.

October 19, 2016

Sunnyside, Washington

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A season of change for newspaper staff SUNNYSIDE — There have been staff changes over the past six months for four women at the Daily Sun. Longtime circulation manager Debbie Guerrero was promoted to bookkeeper and office manager. Sales representative Kathy Viereck was promoted to advertising sales manager. Marlene Hernandez and Julie Zamora began work last month as advertising sales and circulation specialist, respectively. Guerrero is responsible for keeping the accounts receivable and payable up to date. She said she gained much of her knowledge of bookkeeping working alongside the late Nora Hernandez, who was the paper’s bookkeeper and office manager for

more than 25 years. Previously, Guerrero worked on the newspaper’s insert crew, handling subscriptions, sales, organizing and supervising the company’s independent newspaper carriers, who handle the 25 door-to-door routes and two motor routes five days a week. Viereck has worked in advertising sales at the Daily Sun for the past two years. Her previous newspaper advertising sales experience was gained while working for papers in Springfield, Ore., and Juneau, Alaska. She also operated her own property management businesses for 20 years in Gig Harbor before moving to the Lower Yakima Valley. Hernandez’s previous experience



includes working in a cell phone sales office and as a bank teller. Hernandez speaks Spanish and enjoys the fact her work allows her to meet new people and help businesses promote themselves.


Zamora previously worked for the Daily Sun part-time twice before as a staff member in circulation She left for the second time in October 2015 and is back as circu-


lation specialist. Zamora enjoys the opportunity to work with children who deliver the newspaper Monday through Friday, helping them to stay motivated.

October is Financial Planning Month StatePoint

October is Financial Planning Month and a perfect time to make sure you are prepared for the future. To help, the discount experts at Dollar General are offering some useful tips to assist you in staying on budget and avoiding financial stress. Pack Your Own Lunch To help stick to your budget, skip pricey restaurants. Instead, save money and spend the evening cooking with your family. For affordable and simple ideas for cooking favorite dishes, consult resources like Dollar General Easy Meal recipes at

The Gender Wage Gap: Exploring the Evidence Women’s Bureau U.S. Dept. of Labor

Equal Pay Day (April 4) marks how far into the current year women must work to earn what men earned the previous year. Women still earn only 79 cents to the man’s dollar and women of color face a racial wage gap on top of the gender gap. The Women’s Bureau, along with the U.S. Department

Remember to Treat Yourself Just because you’re sticking to a financial plan doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself. Budget time and money to indulge in your favorite activities like a night at the movies, seeing your favorite sports team in action, or going bowling. Take Advantage of Coupons Coupons are a great way to save money and stretch your budget. Retailers like Dollar General offer online digital coupons that can be downloaded on a desktop computer or by using a smartphone. You can sign up by visiting dollargeneral. com/coupons and can receive addi-

tional savings during seasonal “Fast Way to Save” promotions, where exclusive coupons are available only to Dollar General digital coupon subscribers. Stay Positive Don’t get bogged down by the stress of financial planning. Instead, focus on positive steps you can take to achieve your goals. Spend more time with your family cooking. Work toward your next job promotion. Ace your next exam. Even if you’re busy, make the time for planning a budget. It may feel like work now, but feeling financially secure will offer you peace of mind.

of Labor’s Chief Evaluation Office are convening a research roundtable of three prominent researchers whose analysis has made important contributions to our understanding of the complex web of factors that influence women’s employment patterns, including those responsible for the gender wage gap. The session will be a data-driven, evidencebased examination of research on the gender wage gap, including the extent, trends and complex explanations around wage disparities between men and women, as well as the disparities we see across different groups of women workers.

A new Equal Pay Map provides brief summaries of current federal and state level equal pay and pay transparency protections afforded to workers. The summaries include relevant legal protections, coverage and remedies. Despite increased rates of educational attainment and labor force participation, the gender wage gap persists. To help explain why, the Women’s Bureau recently released a new infographic highlighting some of the major components of the gender wage gap available at www.dol. gov/wb/resources/equal_pay_infographic.pdf.

— Equal Pay Day 2016 —

The graphic shares what the wage gap means, what has improved over the years and some of what needs to change to eliminate the remaining 21 percent.

To ensure the health of our economy and the economic security of our nation’s families, we must do more to eliminate the gender wage gap.

Older women workers and economic security Women’s Bureau U.S. Department of Labor

On average, women earn less than men with each paycheck, which causes a significant gender disparity in earnings over a lifetime. As a result, women often lack the finan-

cial resources needed in old age. This fact sheet ( w b / f a c t s h e e t s / O l d e r Wo m e n _ IssueBrief-F-508.pdf) addresses the economic needs of older women, their sources of income, and the gender wage gap by race and ethnicity. It discusses factors

that impact the lower average lifetime earnings of women and policy changes that could increase the economic security of older women. It answers important questions such as: How and why does the gender wage gap vary by age? How do earnings for older

women differ by race and ethnicity? What is the impact of the gender wage gap and caregiving responsibilities on women’s lifetime earnings and their retirement savings? What can be done to tackle the gender wage gap and improve

women’s lifetime earnings? Lower earnings than men for full-time work, lower likelihood than men to work full-time, and a greater likelihood than men to have had time out of the labor force because of caregiving all contribute to women’s lower lifetime earnings.

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SUNNYSIDE — She is the security director for a population of 7,800 people. A job that she oversees with the aid of eight team members, not counting extended help from the local fire and police departments. After serving as the School District’s safety and security specialist for two years, Salliejo Evers is now District director of security and safety. The wife of an Army Lt. Colonel, Evers had made 11 moves with her family during her 21 years of marriage. She said the result created a desire to make sure all children were safe at school. She has invested her time in learning everything she can about school safety. During college she studied pre-law and criminal justice. Before coming to the Lower Valley, she held a school safety officer position in Lansing School District in Kansas. So it wasn’t a big leap for the former Gonzaga University ROTC officer to seek a similar position locally. “I’ve always been interested in emergency preparedness,” she said. “Most districts had some form of school safety protocols,” she said. Her position here has allowed her to create a trained security team, as well as a program of practical and comprehensive drills and a K-12 safety education curriculum. Her team includes two school resource officers (trained policemen) and seven school security liaisons – three at the high school, one each as the district’s two middle schools and one at Outlook Elementary School because of the remoteness of the rural school. Evers said the school liaisons are also trained as flaggers so they can control traffic as necessary at the schools. “It was particularly helpful to have the flaggers available when we opened Washington Elementary Schools on Ninth Street and East Lincoln Avenue. During Safety Week (Oct 1921) Evers had an opportunity to roll out the districts new safety programs. Students, staff and administrators had the opportunity to practice evacuation, shelter, lockout, earthquake and lockdown drills.

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Larelle Michener, Prosser Chamber of Commerce

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PROSSER — For several years the current chamber of commerce executive director focused on marketing her family’s agri-business. Larelle Michener now is marketing on a grander scale in an effort to assist people and businesses. Michener was named to her post nearly a year ago and admits there have been a few things to learn along the way. Promoting and planning events, updating and organizing a website wasn’t new. But, learning to work with volunteers instead of paid staff, understanding the function of a non-profit versus for-profit business and “all the pieces that go into it” were new concepts. “It’s very different than a forprofit,” Michener said. “I have had to learn how to and who to turn to for volunteers,” she said. “Learning how to thank them and keep them from burning out is also challenging.” In a service-minded community, there are a lot of organizations in need of volunteers. But it is important to keep the volunteers balanced and not ask too much of them, Michener said. Working with and getting to know the community members and business leaders has been an Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun enjoyable experience, she said. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Larelle Michener pre“It’s fun to organize large pares supplies for the recent Beer and Whiskey Festival at the events, but I love making com- Prosser Wine and Food Park. munity events like the Easter egg hunt special for our town,” Michener said. Trendy Tots carries clean, quality clothing, Learning how the chamber can shoes, toys, books help businesses, working toward and children’s items, the goal of meeting the needs sizes newborn to 14. of those businesses gives her a We also have hard-tosense of satisfaction, too. find nursery items. “It’s challenging because it If your child’s is important to have a fresh closet is overflowing, perspective and use a creative apor you find you have proach, finding out how best the little-used or unworn chamber can meet those needs,” clothing, toys or baby Michener said. items, call to learn Not being afraid of change can more about seasonal benefit not just the businesses, consignments! but the whole community, she WE CARRY NEW TOYS BY Call to learn more about said. “It requires a lot of hours. Seasonal Consignments. There are a lot of festival weekOwner Vickie Verduzco ends that when I get home I’m so tired. “Sometimes that is hard, but the reward is looking around and seeing people enHours: TUES - SAT 10 - 5 joying the events,” Michener Facebook/TrendyTotsShop 2010 Yakima Valley Highway, Sunnyside said.


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fter working in the medical field for over 30 years, Trish, now finds herself in the field of transportation, a career change she never imagined would be part of her life. During a golf tournament she was chairing for the hospital she and Tony Hidalgo made a pact that would forever impact her life. Tony would help her get teams to participate in the golf tournament and Trish would help Tony with his longtime dream of opening a Commercial Training School where he could bring his experience helping drivers stay safe and be able to get jobs in the industry; thus, the journey begun. Trish immersed herself into learning the transportation industry and obtained her CDL while also becoming CDL instructor. Trish strongly believes that when starting a business one must know it from the ground up. Trish continued to grow and expand the business by initiating the CDL Apprentice Program, which allows students to gain the two year experience needed by most employers.  Then her mom instincts kicked in and 360 Driving School was born. After being around semi’s she quickly learned that there were many people that did not have the knowledge or understanding that semi’s, especially fully loaded,  cannot stop or turn rapidly as quickly as a regular vehicle. She became a Driver’s Education Instructor and also a WA State Examiner administering knowledge test and skills test who are seeking to obtain a driver’s license.

El Futuro Esta en Tus Manos

As the daughter of such an incredible woman, I have been fortunate to grow up believing that anything was possible. I could not only be an amazing mother and wife, but I could also make huge strides in my own career and do whatever I dreamed. My mom has been such an inspiring role model to not only me, but to many young people who have had the opportunity to cross paths with her. It is so important that we have these types of women in our lives, and it is equally important that women continue to make strides in the business world. I genuinely appreciate the hard work and dedication that my mom has put in to not only this business, but into any venture she decides to embark on.

Women have a seat at the table of business and it is thanks to women like my mom who let us know that anything is possible. — Saundra Combs, Manager of Recruitment, AMN Healthcare

Driver’s Ed Classes (Clases de Manejo)

English & Spanish - Adults & Teens (must be 15 years of age)

CDL Class A or B – Plus Endorsement Semi Driver | School Bus Driver | Passenger Bus Driver

340 S. 6th Street – Sunnyside, WA * Granger classes also available *

Call (509) 588-7809 or (509) 391-5443 English or Spanish

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